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    I've felt like this since I first tried it out, and I consistently come back to it.

    -Wicd has an actual window panel that comes up, rather than trying to be a hip little 'daemon' that sits in the task panel. This makes it more useful by displaying more information and being more persistent. You don't really change wireless networks that much, anyway, so bringing up a window isn't an issue.

    -Wicd doesn't assume it should automatically connect to ANY wireless network. the user must tell wicd what wireless networks get to have autoconnect privileges.

    -Wicd is more informative. It tells the encryption type, if any, and the precise signal strength of a wireless network.

    -I was trying to get a good connection in Starbucks yesterday, and whenever I tried loading too many pages at once, the connection would lock up. I tried moving, I tried disabling/enabling wireless, but it kept messing up. On a hunch, I installed wicd and started using that. It fixed my problem.

    -Wicd has a refresh network list button, newtorkmanager doesn't. WHAT THE HELL?

    Several people have argued this to the Ubuntu devs, and several times they've been told down. Please refresh my memory.
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    Re: Wicd > Network Manager

    Point 2 - nm-applet assumes you want to connect automatically when you add a network, yes... but you can easily uncheck it if you'd like on-demand connections.

    Point 3 - nm-applet queries the wireless gateway and determines the encryption for you. You don't have to blindly guess (like in Windows), and it's more user friendly. If you're setting up the wireless connection yourself, there is a dialogue box to select an encryption setting, so it's not like the feature isn't implemented in the GUI.

    Point 4 is valid... point 1 is a judgement call. I like hip little daemons

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    Re: Wicd > Network Manager

    The CLI is imo the best way to manage your wifi. If you make yourself some scripts it works wonders.
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    Re: Wicd > Network Manager

    i like the daemon and i tried wicd in mint 7 and it froze everytime i tried to open it and i like the network manager interface way better

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    Re: Wicd > Network Manager

    To me, WICD and NM work the same, no problem with NM so I'm staying with it. If there ever is a problem, there's always WICD. That's the way I see it.

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    Re: Wicd > Network Manager

    wicd is nice, but a bit heavy for my tastes and python's just to slow.

    i use a manual network manager when i need to pop around other networks and a script for every day use set up just like it but faster to launch.
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    Re: Wicd > Network Manager

    I first came across WiCD when using Easy Peasy Linux on my Netbook. When connected to a WPA network NM kept on dropping it's network. I installed WiCD and the problem went away, since then I use it on every PC. I too find it more informative, it has a proper network activity tray icon for a start.
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    Re: Wicd > Network Manager

    wicd is moron-proof.

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    Re: Wicd > Network Manager

    never had a problem with nm-applet, except for a few bugs which are caused by my wireless driver rather then nm-applet, and would appear if i used wicd too.

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    Re: Wicd > Network Manager

    most of your complaints seam to be against the gnome gui nm-applet, not NetworkManager.

    Personally im not a fan of either, but i like where NetworkManager is heading and it creates few hiccups now (used to be a real PITA) i just hope:
    1) somebody creates a CLI to it
    2) the GUIs advance so that its easy for users to add scripts for NetworkManagerDeamon to launch (e.g i want a "safe"/"unsafe" script to run when i connect to certain hostspots but not other)

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